Star of Pine Gap and Hotel Mumbai sings praises of SA Screen Industry

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The versatile character actor Sachin Joab is in Adelaide as a guest of the Adelaide Film Festival where he stars in two marquee productions, Anthony Maras‘s Hotel Mumbai and the ABC-TV-Netflix co-production Pine Gap directed by Adelaide raised Mat King.

Joab who splits his time between Melbourne and Los Angeles, has also appeared in the US series Perception opposite Will & Grace’s Eric McCormack and Rachael Leigh Cook.  Audiences closer to home may recognise Sachin from his appearances on Jack Irish alongside Guy Pearce and the iconic series Neighbours.

Joab’s turn as Vijay Goswami in HotelMumbai is his second time sharing the screen with Dev Patel after their collaboration on the multi-award winning international sensation Lion. Joab offers, “It was a lovely experience (working on Lion) because Dev was such a down-to-earth, nice guy. We instantly became friends. To follow up on Hotel Mumbai was a true blessing.”

Sachin has high praise for the South Australian screen industries which have nurtured the world class talents of directors Anthony Maras and Mat King. On working with Anthony, Joab says “I was a big fan of Anthony’s short films The Palace and Azadi so I was excited to work with him.Anthony and I are from the same generation and looked up to the same actors and filmmakers when we were growing up. On set, we were often quoting lines from GoodfellasScarface and Reservoir Dogs.

On Pine Gap director Mat King, Joab shares, “Like Anthony, I was aware Mat had a very impressive resume including episodes of Dr Who and Law & Order UKPine Gap was a very ambitious production and, if the experience working with Mat on set is a guide, I’m sure it will make a fantastic series.”

On his role as Simon Penny in the Spy Thriller Pine Gap, Joab remains suitably tight-lipped, teasing “You’ll have to come to the Adelaide Film Festival screening or watch it on the ABC or Netflix!” 

He continues. “To work with two outstanding young directors from Adelaide, there must be something in the water here. It’s a credit to the South Australian Film Corporation and the Adelaide Film Festival for nurturing local talent and creating a vibrant film making community.” 

Sachin adds, “When you add Hotel Mumbai producer Julie Ryan and Pine Gap producer Lisa Scott into the mix, you also have two of Australia’s most accomplished film and television producers respectively living and working in Adelaide. So there’s a lot to be excited about for Adelaide actors, filmmakers and crews.” 

While in Adelaide, Sachin will also be working on an upcoming production but jokes, “The ink hasn’t dried on the contract so I can’t reveal anything at this time.” 

Pine Gap premiered at the Adelaide Film Festival opening tonight and will screen on ABC-TV and ABC iView from Sunday night. Hotel Mumbai is screening at the Adelaide Film Festival and will be released nationally in theatres soon.

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